ZAC organized a community service event to benefit local food banks on Saturday, Sep 23, 2017. Over 42,000 lbs of potatoes were driven to the ZAC grounds in a large trailer. About 40 intrepid volunteers had already gathered at the center before the truck rolled in at 9am.
After some strategizing, a few jumped into the back of the trailer, passing 50 lb sacks out to others who stood outside, hauling the sacks away on their shoulders or backs, and neatly stacking them on wooden crates.
The volunteers worked at a furious pace, unloading the trailer as separate cars from each local food pantry started rolling in. In all the volunteers unloaded, stacked, and then reloaded, 840 bags of potatoes, each weighing 50 lbs, over a period of two hours.
Volunteers came in all ages and sizes, grandparents to grandchildren, working as a team, in high spirits and humor, 90 degree temperatures notwithstanding.
All through this effort, a separate team under the watchful eye of Roshan Rivetna kept all volunteers, food pantry personnel, and drivers well fed and refreshed through a delicious breakfast spread consisting of quiche, spicy omelet sliders, bagels & cream cheese, muffins, donuts, apple tart, custard, fruits, drinks and more.
The potatoes were distributed among 8 food banks within the area. Drivers were gracious and grateful for the food and breakfast.
- Illinois Food Bank — about 560 bags. These were dropped off first, in Park City, IL before he came to our Center.
- Loaves and Fishes, Naperville, IL — 100 bags
- West Suburban Community Pantry, Woodridge, IL — 60 bags
- Glen Ellyn Food Pantry — 35 bags
- Peoples Resource, Wheaton and Westmont, IL – 40 bags
- Elmhurst Yorkfield Food Pantry – 25+ bags
- Interfaith Food Pantry, Carol Stream – 6 bags
- Food Pantry, Darien — 7 bags
Thanks in particular to:
- Behram Pastakia of our Washington DC association, ZAMWI for suggesting this to ZAC
- Marian Kelly and Society of St. Andrews for their central coordination of this nationwide project
- Roshan and Rohinton Rivetna, for coordinating the Chicago event and Dinaz Weber for organizing the breakfast buffet
- All ZAC volunteers for taking time out from their busy Saturday to come and help
- All Food Pantry volunteers and truck drivers who are dedicated to this effort each day
We are grateful to be able to serve our community in this manner. We hope the success of this event will spur even greater participation in future events.
Hamazor Hama Asho-Bed!
May we all be united in strength and righteousness!